Beaverton Welcoming Week is back this year with a cultural event series hosted Friday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Sept. 18.
The 10-day series is themed "Where We Belong" for cities worldwide that host Welcoming Week events.
As in other participating cities, Beaverton's events are designed to bring together immigrants, refugees and U.S.-born residents to "raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone," city officials said in a press release.
The Welcoming Week activities include events for everyone, and with the series, Beaverton hopes to provide opportunities to build cross-cultural relationships and understanding.
"Our community's success depends on making sure that all Beaverton residents feel safe and welcome," Mayor Lacey Beaty said in a statement. "Foreign-born Beaverton residents are a vital part of our community, bringing fresh perspectives and new ideas, starting businesses and contributing to the vibrant diversity that we all value. Regardless of where we are born or what we look like, we are Beaverton residents united in our efforts to build a stronger community."
More than one in five Beavertonians was born in another country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The Beaverton Celebration Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.
This year, the more than 60 parade entries will include floats, marching bands, classic cars, dance groups, horses, community organizations and more.
Also on Saturday, Beaverton will have a Chinese Cultural Exhibition from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Beaverton City Library.
At 7 p.m. in the Alex L. Parks Performing Arts Center at Jesuit High School, people can check out The Immigrant Story, a performance with music and storytelling.
Sunday, Sept. 11, will feature "Shine the Light: A Community Celebration" at the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts at 10 a.m.
Throughout the next week and in the evenings, Beaverton is hosting classes instructing parents on caring for Black girls' natural hair, an Ethiopian cooking class and more.
Several events will wrap up the final weekend of Welcoming Week, including an Afghan welcoming event, Korean cultural celebration and Mesoamerican cultural workshop on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18.
For a full list of activities, including locations and schedules, visit www.beavertonoregon.gov/welcomingweek.
This year's grantee partners include Arabic House, DeBraTre LLC, Eleni's Kitchen, Huehca Omeyocan, International Performing Arts and the Korean Society of Oregon.
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